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Charles W Bergquist
HSTAA 480
Seattle Campus

Labor and Popular Movements in Latin America

Interdisciplinary approach to origins and trajectory of labor movement from late nineteenth century to present. Emphasis in contemporary period on popular movements, including neighborhood associations, religious base communities, women's movement, and ethnic mobilization for democratic social and political reform. Recommended: two non-language Latin American studies courses. Offered: jointly with JSIS A 488.

Class description

This year's course provides an overview of work and workers in Latin American history from colonial times to the present, with a special emphasis on workers in production for export and women in the labor force.

Student learning goals

General method of instruction

Recommended preparation

Previous courses on labor or Latin American history helpful but not required.

Class assignments and grading

Students write two short (2 page) reviews of assigned readings, give brief oral reports, and write a longer (approximately 15 page) paper on a labor topic chosen in consultation with the instructor. The paper can involve primary research (i.e., be based on documents) or it can critically assess several secondary works (books) on a subject.

Reviews 20% Oral participation (reports and class 30% discussion) Final paper 50%


The information above is intended to be helpful in choosing courses. Because the instructor may further develop his/her plans for this course, its characteristics are subject to change without notice. In most cases, the official course syllabus will be distributed on the first day of class.
Last Update by Annamarie Berdick
Date: 12/07/2000